Report: Senate GOP Whip Jon Kyl To Retire

Congressional Quarterly/Newscom

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) will hold a surprise press conference in Phoenix at 12 p.m. ET (10 a.m. local time), the Arizona Republic reports, to announce whether he will seek re-election.

The Republic notes that Kyl will make his announcement “amid speculation that he may retire.” Kyl was first elected to the Senate in an open-seat race in 1994, after eight previous years in the House, and will be 70 years old on Election Day 2012.

So let’s see what happens.

Late Update: Politico is reporting that Kyl wil retire.